The issue with Rutgers is that they add very little athletically and have been a drain on the conference financially for years while teams like SU, Pitt, WVU (and Miami, BC, & VT) covered them. The only reason that anyone is talking about Rutgers is that the school is close to NYC ( but in NJ ). The myth that Rutgers brings NYC is not true even though they like to spread propaganda that they do. I live here and ND, PSU, SU, Pitt, and many other teams carry NY much better than Rutgers ever will. Rutgers had a one hit wonder with their Thursday night gave against Louisville years ago now. They have also been to a I think 5 minor bowls in the last 6 years so they have that. Before that they went to 1 bowl that was in NJ in the 100+ year history of their program. There is some football talent in NJ though that they have been trying to tap into. PSU and ND cherry pick those kids for the most part. Rutgers brings nothing in mens basketball but they have had some success in women's basketball. Rutgers likes to think of themselves as Ivy League but they aren't. Are they a good University, yes but there are many good Universities out there and far from their delusional Ivy League self proclaimed status.
Rutgers uptick in football was during our absolute worst years in football which is well documented. Painful times for the 'Cuse faithful. Rutgers likes to gloat that they beat us a few times during those years like our little brother might. Thank goodness those years are over and we are in the process of rebuilding back.
Also, are you with GT? Great to see ACC people posting on the board.